Incident Summary:

04/02/2002: Two unknown assailants threw a Molotov cocktail at a Marseille synagogue. The cocktail landed near two police guards. No one was injured, and no suspects were found.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in a synagogue in Marseille
Nationality of Target France
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description A synagogue in Marseille
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Jewish targets including synagogues attacked in France: Families take part in an evening Passover cermony beside the charred remains of a synagogue, which burned down after an attack on Sunday," The Guardian, 04/03/2002.
"Several Jewish targets hit in France, links with Mideast situation seen," Guelph Mercury, 04/03/2002.
"Anti-Jewish violence flares in France: A pavilion in a Jewish cemetery is burned and a firebomb is thrown at a synagogue in continuing attacks," The Vancouver Sun, 04/03/2002.